Kyrgios too hot for Nadal, Sharapova bows out

Tue Jul 1, 2014 5:29pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - This time there was no escape for world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

For the fourth match in a row at this year's Wimbledon he got his fingers burned when losing the first set - only this time he was engulfed by player with dynamite in his strings.

How the tournament organizers must be slapping themselves on the back for handing Australian upstart Nick Kyrgios a wildcard.

On Tuesday the 19-year-old world number 144 took his dream Wimbledon debut to dizzy new heights with a spellbinding display on Center Court to outplay the twice champion using a barrage of aces and crunching baseline winners.

His 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 win was the first by a player ranked outside the top 100 over a world No.1 at a grand slam since Jim Courier lost to Andrei Olhovsky in 1992.

Olhovsky never did much else but Kyrgios's victory, sealed with a 37th ace, felt as though it could be a seminal moment in the evolution of men's tennis - a warning shot to the "big-four".

Yes, Lukas Rosol and Steve Darcis, also ranked outside the world's top 100, ended Nadal's previous two Wimbledon campaigns, but they played probably the matches of their careers to do it.

Kyrgios's career is just beginning and the way he overwhelmed Nadal with a fearless brand of tennis, who knows where his first Wimbledon adventure could end up?   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Tommy Robredo of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville